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Trail Blazers: C.J. McCollum out at least four weeks with foot injury

Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum

PORTLAND, OREGON - JANUARY 16: CJ McCollum #3 of the Portland Trail Blazers has a conversation with a team attendant in the second quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Moda Center on January 16, 2021 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

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C.J. McCollum suffered a foot injury that Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts initially described as “nothing more than a sprain.”

Unfortunately for Portland, McCollum also fractured his foot.

Trail Blazers:

No exaggeration: McCollum was playing at an MVP-ballot level. He probably wouldn’t have sustained quite that production. But the 29-year-old appeared to be peaking both as a scorer and with his all-around game.

This is a massive setback.

Especially because McCollum’s absence coincides with starting center Jusuf Nurkic being sidelined with a wrist injury.

At least Portland has the depth to stay afloat. Rodney Hood and Gary Trent Jr. can play bigger roles at shooting guard. Anfernee Simons can more regularly get the point guard minutes McCollum handled while Damian Lillard sat.

Lillard will have to put the team on his back – which he can do. But with that setup, the Trail Blazers are more just staying competitive rather than being a force in the Western Conference.